2019 Season Introduction

27 November
2018
8 January
2019
19 February
2019

Affiliate Member booking opens 10am

12 March
2019

GO≤35 Member booking opens 10am

19 March
2019

Public booking opens 10am

Performances
29, 31 May 2019
6, 8, 11, 15, 20, 23, 30 June 2019
Start time 6.05pm

Insight Talk
Tuesday 14 May, 6.30pm, Oxford

Pre-performance Talk
Friday 31 May, 4.30pm

In this story of thwarted love and arranged marriage, the spirited heroine, Mařenka, has to use every last ounce of determination, charm and cunning in order to marry the man she loves. This is a joyous celebration of Czech culture and identity, reimagined into the heart of the English countryside, above all represented by dance rhythms and deliriously infectious tunes. Dance is at the heart and soul of this piece, from the gloriously vibrant overture to a riotous and festive polka. There’s a circus, an escaped bear, heart-stopping love duets and a rousing drinking song. It’s an irresistible combination.

Natalya Romaniw (Eugene Onegin, 2016) returns as Mařenka with Paul Curran (Death in Venice, 2015) to direct; Jac van Steen (Pelléas et Mélisande, 2017) conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Sung in Czech with English supertitles.

Mařenka
Natalya Romaniw
Jeník
Brenden Gunnell
Kecal
Joshua Bloom
Vašek
Stuart Jackson
Krušina
Peter Savidge
Ludmila
Marie McLaughlin
Mícha
Brian Bannatyne-Scott
Háta
Anne-Marie Owens
Circus Master
Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Conductor
Jac van Steen
Director
Paul Curran
Designer
Kevin Knight
Lighting Designer
Howard Hudson
Philharmonia Orchestra
& Garsington Opera Chorus
May 2019
Wednesday 29 May
Friday 31 May
June 2019
Thursday 6 June
Saturday 8 June
Tuesday 11 June
Saturday 15 June
Thursday 20 June
Sunday 23 June
Sunday 30 June